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[31 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Teaching Young Girls in Pakistan

From CNN.com
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — In Pakistan’s combustible Swat Valley, some girls refuse to wear uniforms so they can make it to school without being harmed.
Other girls hide textbooks in their shawls to escape harassment.
School-age girls are among the victims in the fierce fighting between government soldiers and Taliban militants in the Swat Valley. The Pakistani government said it has flushed much of the Taliban out of the area, but some fighting persists.
Many girls remain banned from schools. Dozens of their schools have been bombed, and militants have burned …

Featured, Reflections, human trafficking, slavery »

[31 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
Rescuing the Other Jaycees

I, along with the rest of the nation have watched in horror this past week as the details of the Jaycee Dugard captivity emerge. Very little angers me as much as hearing about the sexual assault of children. While I generally favor justice that restores criminals, cases like this almost make me want to support the death penalty or at least slow, painful castration for rapists. I can hardly imagine the damage done to Jaycee and the years of healing she and her family now face.
That said, …

Action Alerts, Featured, human trafficking, slavery »

[26 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Slave-free Bibles

from End Human Trafficking -
In 2007, a case of crucifixes purchased by St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York was traced back to a factory in China where girls as young as 15 were forced to work up to 19-hour days, seven days a week. Today, Christian items from bible covers to t-shirts are being made in factorys which abuse and traffic workers. And some Christians are standing up and refusing to stand for slavery.
The Just Holy Hardware Campaign has launched this week as part of a movement to …

Environment, Featured, How-to Guides, Waste »

[10 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Back to School With a Waste-Free Lunch

As the school year gets ready to kick-off, it’s time to consider how we can seek everyday justice through something as simple as how we pack our lunches.  Those plastic baggies and juice boxes add up and head straight for our landfills, but there are environmentally friendly options available.
ReusableBags.com has put together a fantastic guide to how to pack a waste-free lunch and what the benefits of doing so are -
From brown-paper lunch bags to plastic wraps and baggies to the unnecessary packaging of single-serving foods, our addiction to fast …

Everyday Practitioners, Featured, human trafficking »

[8 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Austinites Fight Human Trafficking

From the Austin-American Statesman
Austinites hope drink coasters can help battle human trafficking
Each coaster bears the story of a victim.
By Chelsea Duttweiler
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Saturday, August 08, 2009
They say they’re part of a new abolitionist movement, a wave of people dedicated to ending what they see as modern-day slavery. And they’re doing it, in part, using drink coasters at local pubs.
Austinites Shelton Green and Kester Smith, both 33, are working with seven friends to distribute coasters to bars and coffee shops with information about human trafficking.
“Trafficked people are all around us,” Green said. …

Agriculture, Featured, News Stories, Water »

[6 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
Aral Sea Disappearing

From National Geographic News -
August 5, 2009—Talk about a sea change.
From 2006 through 2009, Central Asia’s vast Aral Sea dramatically retreated, with its eastern section losing about 80 percent of its water in just four years (above, newly released NASA satellite images are animated to show the regression).
The immense body of water, which straddles Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan (see map), was once the world’s fourth largest freshwater lake.
But in the past 30 years, 60 percent of the lake has disintegrated, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory.
In the 1960s farmers in this arid …

Action Alerts, Featured, Food, human trafficking, slavery »

[3 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
Fight Slavery at the Grocery Store

The End Human Trafficking site has a great post up on 7 Ways to Fight Slavery at the Grocery Store. It lists seven common foods that are tainted by human slavery and suggests shopping habits to avoid supporting those practices of slavery. While the slave connection to foods like chocolate is fairly well known, it may be a surprise to read how slavery taints even our seafood and strawberries. So check out the post and find out how you can avoid supporting systems of slavery when you …